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Raising the Bar
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Genre Legal drama
Created by Steven Bochco
David Feige
Written by Steven Bochco
David Feige
Directed by Carol Banker
Jesse Bochco
Rick Bota
Eric Laneuville
Chris Long
Jeannot Szwarc
Rick Wallace
Starring Mark-Paul Gosselaar
Natalia Cigliuti
Gloria Reuben
Teddy Sears
J. August Richards
Melissa Sagemiller
Jane Kaczmarek
Currie Graham
Composer(s) Alec Puro
Country of origin  United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 25 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Steven Bochco
Producer(s) Jonathan Abrahams
Dayna Kalin Bochco
David Feige
Caroline James
Running time 60 mins.
Original channel TNT
Original run September 1, 2008 – December 24, 2009

Raising the Bar was an American drama television series, which ran on TNT network from September 1, 2008 to December 24, 2009.[1] The series revolved around a group of law school classmates who find themselves on opposite sides of the criminal law.[2]



Raising the Bar was originally announced to be joining TNT as a new series in January 2008.[3] It came to TNT through ABC Studios and Steven Bochco served as executive producer, with Jesse Bochco as co-executive producer and David Feige as supervising producer. After completing its first season of 10 hour-long episodes in November 2008, the series was renewed for a 15-episode second season, which premiered on Monday June 8, 2009 at 10p.m ET/ 9 p.m. CT.[4]

TNT confirmed to E! Online on November 30, 2009 that they would not be renewing Raising the Bar for a third season.[5] The final three episodes were burned off marathon style on Christmas Eve night. [6]

Plot summary

Idealistic public defender Jerry Kellerman does whatever it takes to assist the helpless and disenfranchised, which often leads to clashes in the courtroom presided over by Judge Trudy Kessler, a hard-liner hoping to become the city's next district attorney. Jerry has many clashes with both law enforcement and the ADAs such as Michelle Ernhardt, the beautiful and occasionally devious attorney with whom he has had a turbulent secret fling.[7]

Cast and characters



The series debut garnered 7.7 million viewers. It was the biggest audience ever for a new-series launch on basic cable. It beat the record set in 2004 by USA Network's launch of The 4400 which opened with an average of 7.4 million viewers; runner-up was TNT's The Closer, which recorded 7 million viewers when it was unveiled in 2005.[8] Following the premiere, ratings evened out to around 5.5 million viewers per episode.[4] For calendar-year 2008 on a first-run basis, the series delivered 1.37 million viewers in the 18–49 demographic,[9] garnering mixed reviews.[10]

International distribution

Country TV Network(s) Series Premiere Weekly schedule (local time)
 United States TNT September 11, 2008 Monday 10:00pm
 Turkey DiziMax October 17, 2008 Friday 10:00pm
 South Africa M-Net December 2008 Tuesday 09:00pm
 Bulgaria TV7 December, 2009 8:00pm
 Canada CTV January 9, 2009 Friday 10:00pm
 Spain TNT March 2, 2009 Thursday 10:15pm
 Italy Fox Crime March 18, 2009 Wednesday 10:50pm
 Portugal AXN April 8, 2009[11] Wednesday 09:30pm
 Norway TV2 June 23, 2009 Tuesday 9:45pm
 Singapore Sony Entertainment Television August 26, 2009 Wednesday 09:00pm
 Hong Kong Sony Entertainment Television August 26, 2009 Wednesday 09:00pm
 Greece Fox Life December 5, 2009 Fridays 9:00pm
 New Zealand TV2 July 27, 2009 Tuesday 12:30am
 Uruguay Argentina AXN September 8, 2009 Monday 9:00pm
 Brazil AXN October 5, 2009 Monday 9:00pm
 France Jimmy October 1, 2009 Thursday 08:40pm
 Mexico AXN October 5, 2009 Monday 10:00pm
 Israel HOT family November 14, 2009 Saturday 05:15pm

DVD release

DVD name Release date Ep #
The Complete First Season June 2, 2009 10
The Complete Second Season TBA, 2010 15


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